What is health status?

What is health status?

The short answer: Is the current position of your physical and mental health.


In 1948, WHO defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease”. Health can be considered in terms of a person’s body structure and function and the presence or absence of disease or signs (health status); their symptoms and what they can and cannot do i.e. the extent to which the condition affects the person’s normal life (quality of life).

Health care is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of health through the services offered by health care organisations and professionals. It includes all the goods and services designed to promote health, including “preventive, curative and palliative interventions, whether directed to individuals or to populations”

Healthy Life Expectancy

Healthy life expectancy is the average number of healthy years a person can expect to live if age-specific death rates and age-specific morbidity rates remain the same throughout his or her lifetime. Thus, healthy life expectancy is a snapshot of current death and illness patterns and can illustrate the long-range implications of the prevailing age-specific death and illness rates. The measure allows for easy comparisons across populations and over long periods of time.

The Victorian Population Health Survey

The Victorian Population Health Survey has been conducted each year since 2001 and is based on a random sample of adults aged 18 years and over.

The Survey is administered using computer-assisted telephone interviews. In 2017, the sample was expanded to approximately 34,000 respondents to allow for the reporting of analysed data at the local government area level.

The findings from the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017 are presented as dashboards for each of the 79 councils in Victoria, their corresponding Health Area and Division, as well as for the state of Victoria.


The indicators presented as dashboards are:

  • Smoking prevalence
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Intake of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Consumption of take-away or snack food
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Life satisfaction
  • Self-reported health status
  • Health checks
  • Bowel and breast cancer screening
  • Selected chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes
  • Dental health

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